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The Arts in Education at Ridgeview Charter School
Students Concentrate Better
Because any branch of the arts requires a lot of practice, students are automatically made to concentrate on mastering their skills. They have to commit to their work from start to finish, which gives them a sense of accomplishment when they've completed something or met another milestone. Acquiring this skill at a young age means students are able to focus more effectively in other subjects as well.
Increase in Creativity
Giving students access to art supplies that they may not have at home provides them with a chance to awaken their creativity and skills that they will later use, whether that's learning a new instrument or painting on a canvas. For students to grow and progress, it's important to give them the opportunity to cultivate their creativity.
Through encouragement from their teachers and peers, students will gain confidence in their skills and in themselves. They will also overcome their insecurities and find their own voice as they learn to express themselves through their art. Additionally, after they discover their unique artistic expression, this increases their confidence further.
Provides a Growth Mindset
Developing skills such as resilience and strength of character are naturally cultivated through the arts. These can also be supported by a teacher's help. Setting clear goals and expectations gives students the motivation to finish tasks, resulting in a more positive and healthier learning environment. Additionally, as students are left to work on their own and use their creativity, they will begin to practice for their own personal enjoyment instead of for the purpose of external rewards.
Improved Academic Performance
Studies show that students who engage in the arts perform better in their other classes. Additionally, students who study music have increased proficiency and achievement in mathematics. Their reading skills and cognitive development are promoted as well. A combination of taking a music or art class with core classes has demonstrated an overall improvement of a student's academic performance.
Broadens Student Interest
Art education, the core knowledge, and skills learned within it make a big impact on a student's life much more than many think. Society without art would only be half of what it is. If we give our students an appreciation of art and the ability to create it from a young age, then we are giving them one of life's greatest gifts.